Anheuser-Busch InBev is still eyeing assets sales, despite having nearly reached its target of US$7bn in disposals, as speculation grows that a new deal with CVC Capital Partners is imminent.

Last week's $2.7bn deal to sell theme parks previously owned by Anheuser-Busch (A-B) saw A-B InBev climb to around the $6.5bn mark on its disposals ladder.

When asked whether the group will continue to seek assets sales, a spokesperson for the brewer told just-drinks: "This divestiture brings us close to our $7bn in divestitures that we have targeted. We will evaluate further divestiture opportunities as appropriate."

Speculation has mounted this week that the brewer is about to seal a deal with private equity group CVC Capital Partners, for a proportion of A-B InBev's brewing assets in Eastern Europe - excluding the firm's Russia and Ukraine subsidiary, Sun InBev.

A source close to the situation told just-drinks last month that CVC Capital remains intent on buying the assets.

Analysts have been keen to stress that A-B InBev is under no financial pressure to sell.

However, Netherlands-based ING analyst Gerard Rijk told just-drinks that the Eastern Europe assets, which include Staropramen in Czech Republic, "do not fit anymore".

He said: "The company wants a sharper focus on big markets, like North America, Latin America and China, with a presence in Western Europe heritage markets, like Belgium and UK, to supply the global brands."